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Friday November 16, 2007No. 6 Men's Swimming Stands in Fifth After Day One at Purdue Invitational

West Lafayette, Ind.

The University of Florida No. 6 mens and No. 7 womens swimming and diving teams stand in fourth and fifth place respectively following the first day of action at the Purdue Invitational.

 

The Gator women got their biggest finish of the night rom the 200-yad freestyle relay team. Colleen Healy (Cape Coral, Fla.), Samantha Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.), Julianne Lago (Miami, Fla.) and Jenne Ballatore (Gainesville, Fla.) combined to swim a time of 1:35.79 to place third overall.

 

The mens counterpart team of Jos Smith (Milledgeville, Ga.), Brett Jones (Tolland, Conn.), Brett Fraser (George Town, Cayman Islands) and Matthew Norton (Port Orange, Fla.) took fifth overall with a time of 1:23.91.

 

Florida had just one woman final in the 500-yard freestyle. Ballatore took sixth place with a time of 5:00.40. Freshmen Madison Parker (Biloxi, Miss.) and Sarah Sykes (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished at the top of the B final, earning first and third in the heat to finish ninth and 11th overall. Parker swam to the top time in the heat, touching the wall in 4:58.31 while Sykes was no far behind, finishing with a time of 4:59.86. Senior Katie Ball (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 18th overall with a time of 5:03.20.

 

The Florida men had five finalists in the 500 free. Cody Kauffman (Harrisburg, Pa.) was the only Gator to swim in the A final. Kauffman took sixth overall with a time of 4:32.62. Ryan Crete (Sarasota, Fla.), Logan Storie (Corvallis, Ore.) and Eric Shrestha (Tallahasee, Fla.) swam in the B final. Led by Crete who finished second in the heat and 10th overall, Storie followed with an 11th place overall finish (4:31.42) while Shrestha took 13th with a time of 4:34.56. Alex Martin (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) was the lone Gator representative in the C final, swimming to a fourth place finish and 20th overall placing with a time of 4:37.63.

 

Stacy Nedrud (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) took her backstroke skills into the 200-yard IM and came away with a time of 2:06.79 for a sixth place finish. She was followed by Jenny Lago (Wellington, Fla.) who finished 18th and Coral Lopez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) who took 20th.

 

The Gators were well represented on the mens side in the B and C heat finals. Robbie Walsh (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished 10th overall, swimming the fourth best time by a Gator this season at 1:53.33. Despite swimming in the C final, Norton, Skylar Stroman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.), Mike Joyce (Vorhees, N.J.) Kyle Deery (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Konstantin Sundin (Stockholm, Sweden) each swam to top-10 times for the Gators this season.

 

Healy, Vanderbilt and Julianne Lago combined to finish in 12th, 14th and 16th place, earning the third, fifth and seventh place times in the B final of the 50-yard freestyle. Healy led the way with a time of 24.20, while Vanderbilt (24.35) and Lago (24.95) followed.

 

On the mens side Smith and Jones were the lone swimmers for Florida in the 50 free. Smith took 14th overall with a time of 21.16, good enough for third in the top 10 for the season. Jones was 21st overall, swimming to the wall in 21.62 seconds, the seventh best Gator time this year.

 

The Florida women closed out day one with a strong showing, finishing fifth in the 400-yard medley relay. Led by Vanderbilt who went out with the fastest backstroke time of the heat at 56.41, the A team finished with an overall time of 3:53.48. Vanderbilt was joined by Ballatore, Lago and Healy.

 

Floridas men were led by Stroman, Deery, Norton and Smith, who combined for a time of 3:26.52 in the 400 medley relay, to finish sixth overall.

 

On the diving boards it was Monica Dodson (Franklin, Ind.) who led the top finishers for the Gators. Dodson took fifth place with a score of 267.95 on the three meter board. Whitney Stern (Safety Harbor, Fla.) was sixth with a score of 258.55, while Jeanna Bartell (Boca Raton, Fla.) was seventh with a score of 238.95.

 

Aaron Leech (Newark, Del.) finished sixth on the one meter boards for the men, scoring a total of 255.30 in the finals. Grayson Patten (West Palm Beach, Fla.) ranked 15th overall after the preliminaries.

 

Florida will return to the pool tomorrow for day two of the Purdue Invitational. Preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and finals will go off at 7 p.m. Up to the minute results can be found at www.purduesports.com.

 

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